Statistical inference and the replication crisis

Colling, Lincoln J and Szűcs, Denes (2018) Statistical inference and the replication crisis. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. pp. 1-27. ISSN 1878-5158

[img] PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (910kB)


The replication crisis has prompted many to call for statistical reform within the psychological sciences. Here we examine issues within Frequentist statistics that may have led to the replication crisis, and we examine the alternative—Bayesian statistics—that many have suggested as a replacement. The Frequentist approach and the Bayesian approach offer radically different perspectives on evidence and inference with the Frequentist approach prioritising error control and the Bayesian approach offering a formal method for quantifying the relative strength of evidence for hypotheses. We suggest that rather than mere statistical reform, what is needed is a better understanding of the different modes of statistical inference and a better understanding of how statistical inference relates to scientific inference.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Lincoln Colling
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2020 08:55
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 09:00

View download statistics for this item

📧 Request an update